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Bastrop family loses home in fire

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A fire in Bastrop Wednesday morning has left a family without a home.

Firefighters arrived just before 4:00 a.m. to see flames engulfing the entire house.

Two people managed to escape the blaze. They told firefighters they believed the fire started in their garage. However, fire officials said they will not be able to determine what started the fire until after the investigation is complete.

Crews from Bastrop County ESD 1, Elgin, Blue Bonnet Fire and Rescue, Travis County ESD 4 and 12, and Five Points all came to extinguish the fire.

Bastrop Fire Chief David Gahagan said the extra support helps when firefighters are working in freezing and windy conditions.

"The temperature, wind, humidity, although it's up right now it's always a factor when you have wind," Gahagan said. "We're rotating crews because the cold makes it hard for them to work, need a lot of folks to keep crews working."

Gahagan said his crews worked several grass fires on Christmas Day.

While Wednesday will not be as windy, conditions are still optimal for allowing fires to spread quickly. Fire officials are asking everyone to be careful.

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